Zhou Siwei

1981 · China

Artist biography

Zhou Siwei is seen as an established mid-career artist, who was born in China, like other well-known artists such as Heungman Kwan, Li Songsong, Chen Wei, Yan Pei-Ming, and Lulu Ngie. Zhou Siwei was born in 1981.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Zhou Siwei's work is on display at Galerie Urs Meile | Lucerne located in Luzern, Switzerland. Zhou Siwei's work has most recently been exhibited at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler in Berlin (09 September 2019 until 08 November 2019) with the exhibition The Last Bridge.

Historical Context of China

For centuries, China has been one of the most sophisticated and artistic cultures. Unique in its political and cultural systems, and rather hermetic in nature, it has always been somewhat of an enigma to the west. In the Maoist era, lasting for decades from the mid-century period, art and culture served the revolutionary communism of Chairman Mao, brimming with the heroic figures of social realism and a number of propagandist ideals.

Further Biographical Context for Zhou Siwei

Zhou Siwei was born in 1981 and was predominantly influenced by the 1990s growing up. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied group of practitioners. Many of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became famous for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was rebellious yet commercial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as shown in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Zhou Siwei

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